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Nutr Hosp. 2015 Jun 1;31(6):2618-23. doi: 10.3305/nh.2015.31.6.8858.

[The effect of a warm-up protocol on the sit-and-reach test score in adolescent students].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

Author information

1
Facultad de Educación. Universidad de Murcia.. palopez@um.es.
2
Cátedra de Traumatología del Deporte. Universidad Católica de Murcia, Murcia.. palopez@um.es.
3
Departamento de Terapéutica Médico-Quirúrgica. Universidad de Extremadura, España.. palopez@um.es.

Abstract

in English, Spanish

INTRODUCTION:

Sit-and-reach tests are often used in physical education classes for measurement of hamstring extensibility in students, without a standar protocol to perform it.

OBJETIVE:

To analyze the effect of a warm-up protocol based on locomotion activities and stretching in the sit-and-reach scores in adolescent students.

METHOD:

A total of 47 teenagers students (17 boys and 30 girls) performed the sit-and-reach test before, immediately after, and 5 and 10 minutes after completing a structured warm-up. The warm-up consisted on a part of continuous running, dynamic locomotor and mobility activities as well as static stretching of lower limbs (quadriceps, hamstrings, adductors, iliopsoas and gastrocnemius), with a total duration of 8 minutes. Between measurements after warm-up, the participants remained standing without performing any exercise and/or stretching.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION:

After warm-up there was a significant improvement in the sit-and-reach score (+ 2.15 cm) (p < 0.001), being slightly higher at 5 and 10 minutes (+ 2.49 cm at 5 minutes and + 2.61 cm at 10 minutes) (p < 0.001 with respect to the pre-test).

CONCLUSIONS:

A warm-up protocol performed before the sit-and-reach test, comprised by locomotion, dynamic activities and stretching, improves significantly the distance achieved in this test.

PMID:
26040373
DOI:
10.3305/nh.2015.31.6.8858
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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